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RK RAJAGOPALAN
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April 18, 2013 - 11:25 am
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I have been regularly planting various Gourd Plants like Bottle Gourd, Snake Gourd, Bitter Gourd etc.  All these plants do not grow healthily.  In the Bottle Gourd Plants, it flowers and the small gourd comes up.  Within the next two or three days it gets dried up.  In fact, I have not been successful in getting one Bottle Gourd from my plant. My snake gourd plant has been there for nearly three months and started flowering.  Ultimately only one flower could become a fruit.  There was no sign of any further gourds coming up.  Simiarly in the Biter Gourd Plant,  nearly after three months I could get only one gourd.  I have provided a pandal for creeting.  My soil mix is Red Sand + Cocopeat +Sand.  Regularly I add Nitroplex and also other organic nutrients for all the plants.  Could you suggest any reason and remedy in respect of all types of gourd plants.  Thanks  -- rkrajagopalana (09986700475)

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malini
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April 26, 2013 - 12:24 pm
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Hello sir,

Gourds have both male and female flowers separately. If it is not pollinated by the natural pollinators,then the flowers will dry and droop.In this case,try hand pollination.It is easy and all the flowers will be turned into fruits for sure.The soil mix can be improved by adding good compost to it.It can be 1:1:1 ratio of red soil,sand/cocopeat,organic compost.

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RK RAJAGOPALAN
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April 26, 2013 - 1:02 pm
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Hello Malini:

Thank you for the information regarding Gourd Plants.  In some plants, I do not get both the Male & Female flowers.  In the Bottle Gourd Plant the female flower gives a fruit and within the next three-four days, it gets dried up.  In fact I could not get a single Gourd and all the little gourds dried up in about two-three days time.  What should I do to stop the drying of the small fruits.  

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April 28, 2013 - 6:33 pm
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Hi Sir,

The female flower is the one with tiny fruit(ovary).If it is not pollinated, it  will dry down.So hand pollinate it .

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raghu
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Hai Rk rajagopal,apply potassium rich fertilizers at the fruiting stage&cut nitrogen at this stage.I spray panjagavya as 3% solution foliarlly weakly twice at this stage&to roots weakly once you can see miracle changes if climate also supports.Avoid over crowding of plants.Thank you .Happy organic gardening.Cool

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Thank you Mr Raghu for the suggestion.  I will follow your suggestion and see.  With best wishes  -- rkrajagopalan. 

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I think I should also try these suggestions. I have couple of Bitter Gourd plants and they gave fruits in the initial days. But in the course of time, I see that the leaves get very small and the fruits that form, dry up in few days. They do not grow well.

I should try panchagavya durign this stage to make my plants healthy.

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~Jay

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